Even Wesley is giving me the side eye over the poor state of this blog of late. And at the rate we’re going, this may be the only photograph of the little buddy at 4 months. Sad, sad, sad.
But who has the time? Round these parts it’s all been grading or studying, burping or cleaning after spit (as you can see, our battle with drool continues, and yet we have no teeth to show for it).
Wes has become particularly clingy all of a sudden, making it so that he cannot be put down for even one second without fussing or fretting. I thought it was an issue of location — he’s outgrown his bouncer seat, for one — but you can’t put him anywhere or in anything even if it’s just to pee or grab the phone or whatever without setting off an incessant chain of whimpers. Is this part of that whole 4 month wakeful thing? Because I don’t think it’s that he hates, say, his floor blanket. It’s just that he doesn’t want you to walk away from said floor blanket. Or the super seat. Or the high chair. Or _______, just fill in the blank.
Actually, maybe the problem is also location. We try putting him in the high chair when we sit for lunch and dinner to prepare him for days to come (and to keep him nearby!), but he doesn’t seem to like it. For that matter, I’m not sure I do either (the straps in particular drive me crazy). I’m considering exchanging it…but for what? Of course we happen to own this ridiculous table with an abnormally large lip, making it difficult for little baby legs to tuck under and close to the table, so though I’ve considered this, I think it will be problematic. I like this one in principle too, but I think we’d encounter the same problem. I love love love the Tripp Trapp, but seeing as how it doesn’t have a tray, the problem of not being able to pull up to the table becomes even more serious. The Svan DOES have a tray, so it might could work…but it doesn’t come in black. And I have to read up on its safety on carpet. And it’s a $100 more expensive!!! Thoughts? Suggestions? I think we only have two weeks left to return/exchange it, so I better move quickly. And Craig is going to kill me either way for having to disassemble the old one and pack it back up. Oops!
Then there’s the issue, now that we can’t rely on our dear Hippy Dippy seat, of a playard. We do have a Pack ‘n Play, but we’ve set it up in the office or we pack it up when we go over to Tio Juanqui’s/Titi Arleen’s house for babysitting services (hugs!). And it’s not exactly large, now is it? Wes is longer than its width and even lengthwise he still doesn’t have enough room to roll over. Perhaps that will become less of an issue when he’s sitting up, but once he starts crawling, that thing will become obsolete anyway, me thinks. But we do need something in the living area for when I need to attend to the dryer or make dinner. The way I see it we have three (or four) choices. 1. The Joovy Room 2 Playard (which one of my dear friends owns). Its square shape seems to make it a bit more practical than the traditional Pack ‘n Play; 2. a gated superyard like this one or this one, which a different dear friend owns. But I’m not sure we have the room for it in our sad little apartment 😦 (Or do we? Measurements are in order); Or 3. I can do as Rahima Baldwin suggests in this book and baby-proof so outstandingly that I don’t even have the need for a playard. I like this idea, I really do. But I also have my other son to consider, Niles the Miniature Schnauzer, whom I cannot just stash behind a cabinet lock or cover with an outlet plug.
Do you see one of these choices as superior to the other? What to do, what to do?